Going Dutch

The Dutch are famously blunt.

One Christmas, a daughter gave her Dutch father a gift of expensive soap–the kind that uses words like “extract” or “essence.” Seeing the soap he asked: “Do you think I smell?” When you sit down for a meal in Amsterdam, chances are the waiter will blurt out: “What do you want?”

It’s not always easy, like when one lady spilled her groceries in the supermarket and ten Dutch stood around giving her advice while she cleaned it up. In their mind, if she wanted help, she should have directly asked them. Though most Dutch are atheists today, some believe their bluntness is nevertheless a relic of their Calvinist past.

According to one Dutch website: Calvin taught us “introspection, total honesty, soberness, rejection of ‘pleasure’ as well as the ‘enjoyment’ of wealth.” This is interesting, because it shows us how we deeply our past influences us without even realizing it. This is a point I want to raise every time moralizing atheists go on about how we need to forgive or live by the golden rule. Where do you think you got that idea from? The world may claim to reject God, but they cannot get rid of his DNA in their lives.

His fingerprints are all over this place.

Image may contain: 1 personPastor Matthew Lucio, M.Div, graduated from Seminary at Andrews University in 2010. Thence, he pastored in Tennessee and Iowa, and now in Illinois.

Matthew and his wife, Laura, added their daughter, Aerith, to the family in 2014 and now are expecting another girl in the fall of 2018. In addition to ministry, Matthew also founded Adventist History Podcast. Laura puts up with his podcasting, but their daughter, Aerith does not. So Matthew writes and records from a secure and undisclosed (from Aerith) location. Learn more about Matthew and his podcast at

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